Bits and pieces, Feb. 4

February 4, 2013

Value Over Replacement Grit offers a baseball-themed crossword puzzle.

At the risk of appearing sexist, I must say this is the first time I’ve encountered a woman who collects baseball cards with such a passion as Cee Angi, who wrote this mournful “Requiem for the 00s: The Decline of Topps Baseball Cards,”  in which she refers to Josh Wilker’s excellent Cardboard Gods.

imageSpeaking of baseball cards, he’s the latest in Bruce Markusen’s series of baseball card mysteries, this one featuring Lou Brock and the unknown Pirate.

And speaking of Baseball Nation, here’s another in their series of pulp fictions about the national pastime that don’t exist, but should.


It seems a fair number of viewers weren’t all that crazy about this year’s batch of Super Bowl commercials.How about this one (all due respect, don’t you love it when the actors have to explain to the audience who the celebrity is? “It’s Jimmy Rollins!”):

And sorry, but this one (Ryan Howard! B.J. Upton!) isn’t even remotely amusing.

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